Daisies + Saute Ma Ville (15)

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From the archive

This film was last shown on 5 June 2018

Boredom, bikinis and a blistering critique of the beauty myth. From its first seconds, Vera Chytilova’s (1929-2014) ever-fresh Daisies kicks wickedly against the pricks and feels as if it was made today.

An innovative and brilliantly absurd masterpiece of the '60s Czech New Wave, the film was made three years before the Prague Spring but dissent is clearly in the air. Daisies follows the misadventures of two young women both called Marie (played by Jitka Cerhová and Ivana Karbanová), who rebelliously scam rich dates, cut off their own heads and wreck an official feast. The film’s anarchic attitude saw it banned by the Czech authorities and it stayed under wraps for years.

Some have called the film’s freewheeling rage against the world proto-riot grrrl, and the two Maries (defiantly unholy) are a total riot. If you haven’t caught up with this genuine feminist classic, see why it’s as thrilling now as it was 50 years ago.


‘Věra Chytilová’s 60s masterpiece Daisies is a brilliantly surreal trip into an aesthetic paradise, and a utopia where women are liberated from the conservative conventions of etiquette’
Another Mag


Accompanying short film
Saute Ma Ville (Blow Up My Town)

Dir Chantal Akerman | Belgium 1968 | 13 mins

Made when she was just 18, Chantal Akerman dropped out of film school to make this disturbing look at the claustrophobia of the domestic. A caustic prelude to her masterpiece Jeanne Dielman.

With the support of the Independent Cinema Office and BFI, awarding funds from The National Lottery

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Director
Vera Chytilova
Country
Czech Republic
Year
1966
Duration
88 mins
Cast
Ivana Karbanová, Jitka Cerhová, Marie Češková

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